Saturday, September 12, 2009

Help with my wonky bottom

Today I finally finish-finished the autumn bell pull from 200.....mfff.

(I thought it was a only a few years ago, but turns out it was 2002. How embarrassing.)

The photo is below, but good grief am I ever disappointed with the bottom corners. Especially the one on the left.

Does anyone have a trick to making nice corners? I trimmed the fabric, and I used a the pointy end of a paint brush to try to push the corner out, but ewwwww.

Anyway, if you have a trick or method, please let me know. I haven't closed the tippy-top of the bellpull yet, so I can easily take it down and play with the corners.

Because otherwise, I'm pleased with the finish!

14 comments:

  1. Your bellpull is lovely, and I don't think you should care what year you started it. It's finished now, and you have it to welcome Autumn. The way I do corners - when you trim the seam and you get to the corners trim them on a diagonal. That leaves less fabric once you turn it to the right side. Like you I would use something pointy like your paintbrush, and if they still need something I take a very, very large sewing needle and VERY carefully pull the fabric so that it straightens out the corner. But you have to be REALLY careful. Does that make any sense?!!

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  2. I do what Nancy said when I trim the seam, trim the corners diagonally. I use a large knitting needle to very, very carefully push out my corners.

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  3. Such a nice design. I love your new bellpull.
    I use exactly the same method as Nancy does and it usually works perfectly. Only my first bellpull was not that big success because I wasn't careful enough with straightening out the corners - I pulled out some of the fabric threads, lol.

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  4. Beautiful finish! Very nice. Sorry, I have no tips or tricks for finishing other than to send to a finisher. I am hopeless in that regard but your work is lovely!

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  5. I trim the fabric on the diagonal, then I make a snip perpendicular to the diagonal line, almost up to the stitching line.

    It means I have to be careful poking the corner out with a knitting needle, but I've had years of practice so it normally works... (and if all else fails, disguise it with a button...)

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  6. I love your bell pull finish, the colours are lovely :-)
    Sorry i have no tips other than the ones mentioned.

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  7. Having never finished a bellpull in my life, I'm no help! Just want to say what a pretty piece this is. Autumn things are my favorites to stitch. Good luck figuring out the corner... What about sewing some sort of trim or fringe along the bottom if you can't get it to suit you?

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  8. A wonky bottom? Well, they say diet & exercise...oh...I see!

    Sorry, feeling silly today!

    I'm with Nancy. Very carefully pull out the corners from the outside with a needle. Try to grab a couple of threads at a time, not just one.

    I'm never really satisfied with my sewing finishes...corners are such a pain!

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  9. I use a fat sewing needle to pull the corners out from the right side. Just be careful not to pull a thread out of the weave.

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  10. Its still a nice finish! I love the colours.

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  11. I do what Nancy does, too. After trimming diagonally, though, I fold each side of the corner along the seam line. Those folds make a point, and sometimes when you hold and turn it, it turns just right. Hope that makes sense. When all else fails, I get out my sewing needle just like the other girls.

    Great finish! And good for you for finsishing something you started a while back.

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  12. My goodness, after reading the comments, I'm afraid to try this type of finish now! I'm not exactly sure though how you got to this point. Did you follow some on line instructions? I've never done a bell pull, so haven't a clue.
    The only suggestion I'd add is if you still hate it and it still bothers you, it always will, so cover it up with some ribbon along the bottom. I think that would add some nice detail! :-)

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  13. That is just lovely!! Don't have any suggestions as my finishing skills are not that good at all to begin with but it sounds like everyone has given good advise! It is still simply lovely though!

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  14. Love your bell pull, it is beautiful. I've finished a couple in my day and the advice you've been given is great advice. I have only one thing to add, I purchase bell pull hardware that have a top and a bottom piece so that both ends can be finished in the same manner. The bottom piece also adds a bit of weight which helps my bell pull to hang straight.

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